Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event (details here).
The team at 5 Minutes for Books is hosting in August. Please stop by this eclectic group blog to find dozens of reviews and several giveaways.
I only got one book last week, but it's a real doozy!
Tough by Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West by Lynda Lanker, published by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum and distributed by OSU Press.
Tough by Nature is a gorgeous coffee table book filled with portraits of 49 real women ranchers of the western United States. Each portrait is accompanied by a short biography of the woman portrayed.
The book represents close to 20 years of effort by artist Lynda Lanker. She worked with oil pastels, pencil and charcoal, egg tempura, plate and stone lithography, engraving, and drypoint to capture the personalities of her subjects -- the matriarchs of the West.
The book features a foreword by Larry McMurtry, an introduction by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and an afterword by Maya Angelou.
Tough by Nature screams CHRISTMAS GIFT. Even if I narrowed my list to spirited, independent women friends with a connection to the American West and a penchant for art, I could come up with over a dozen possible recipients.
Anyone in Eugene, Oregon before September 9, 2012 can see the Tough by Nature exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum.